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Backpack Basics for Healthier Kids Facts About Backpacks Used correctly, backpacks can be a good way to carry all the books, supplies and personal items needed for a typical school day. Backpacks are designed to distribute the weight of the load among some of the body’s strongest muscles. However, backpacks that are too heavy or carried incorrectly can injure muscles or joints and contribute to back pain and other problems.

The Proper Backpack is: • No wider than the user’s chest • Worn no higher than the base of the neck • Worn no lower than 2 to 4 inches below the waist • Supported by a waist or a chest strap • Made of lightweight material

If the backpack weighs more than 15 percent of the carrier’s weight, it’s too heavy. To determine the proper maximum weight for a backpack, multiply the user’s body weight by 0.15. If a heavier load is unavoidable, consider using a backpack with wheels.

A Good Backpack has: • A padded back • Several compartments • Side compression straps • A waist or chest strap • Reflectors • Two wide, padded shoulder straps

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Carrying too much weight or wearing a backpack the wrong way can lead to: • Muscle fatigue • Poor posture • Painful shoulders • Back and neck pain • Injuries from tripping and falling

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Well-Child Checkups and Immunizations/Vaccinations

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Visit www.GreenvilleFirstSteps.org to learn more about School Readiness in our community


Tell us what makes you a superhero at www.greenvillefirststeps.org/superhero

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Greenville First Steps Fall 2014  

Greenville First Steps believes parents play the most visible and essential role in ensuring a child starts school feeling healthy and ready...

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